Six McKnight Artists | McKnight Fellowship

Amy Santoferraro

Minnesota Gallery | On view through April.


This exhibition, supported by the McKnight Foundation, showcases the success of each artist’s fellowship or residency.

Andy Shaw

Amy Santoferraro is assistant professor of art and ceramics area coordinator at Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS. Santoferraro’s work has been shown throughout the United States, as well as in solo exhibitions in Italy and Wales. Recent exhibitions include Clay on the Wall, curated by Glen Brown; Affably Amusing, at the Belger Crane Yard Studios, Kansas City, MO; Arrowmont Surface Symposium Show, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gaitlinburg, TN; and Small Favors (2007 – 2012) at The Clay Studio, Philadelphia. Building upon her childhood obsession with collecting silica packets found in shoeboxes, Santoferraro continues to be interested in the human drive to collect objects, to organize and make sense of our surroundings through the material world.

Andy Shaw received his MFA in 2000 from Alfred University in Alfred, New York, and his BA in 1992 from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, where he studied history.  Currently he resides in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he is an associate professor of ceramics at Louisiana State University. His tableware has been published in Studio Potter; Ceramics Monthly; Ceramics: Art and Perception; and Garth Clark’s book, Shards. Shaw’s work is included in numerous museum collections and he has presented workshops across the United States, including at NCC’s American Pottery Festival. When discussing his work, Shaw states, “Pottery makes physical and poignant contact between impressions of my life and those of the person using the pot through intimations in color, form, and tactile sensation.”

Jessica Brandl is an adjunct professor of art at the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA. She has been a resident at Anderson Ranch Arts Center; the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, MT; and the Ceramics Program at Harvard University. Her work has been featured in galleries such as the Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston; The Smithsonian Craft Show, Washington, D.C.; and The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA. Her illustrated and sculptural pottery joins “images and objects of detritus of the past with the places of the present” with pointed narrative implications directed at “contemporary issues of expansion, homogenization, ecological deterioration, and consumption.”

Mika Negishi Laidlaw is an associate professor of art and ceramics at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Her voluptuous sculptural and functional forms have been included in exhibitions such as Seven-Year Itch, Carnegie Center for Art, Mankato, MN; Immigrant Impact, Duncan McClellan Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL; 2010 International Orton Cone Box Show, Holt/Russell Gallery, Baldwin, KS; 8 Fluid Ounces, Glassell Gallery, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA; and Art of Fine Craft, Lux Center for the Arts, Lincoln, NE.

Tom Bartel holds an MFA from Indiana University in Bloomington and a BFA from Kent State University in Ohio.  He is currently an associate professor at Ohio University in Athens, where he maintains a studio.  Bartel has lectured extensively and has been an invited faculty and artist-in-residence at such sites at Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green; Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN; Red Lodge Clay Center in Montana; and Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Newcastle, ME.  His figurative sculpture has been included in exhibitions at The Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, MA; Southern Ohio Museum in Portsmouth, OH; Santa Fe Clay in New Mexico; and The International Ceramic Studio, Kecskemet, Hungary.

Ursula Hargens is a studio potter in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  She received an MFA from Alfred University and an MA in art & art education from Columbia University, Teachers College.  Hargens also studied ceramics at Nova Scotia College of Art & Design (NSCAD). In addition to working as a studio artist, she is a teaching artist at Northern Clay Center and is adjunct faculty at the University of Minnesota. Hargens has exhibited throughout the US and has received grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Jerome Foundation, and the McKnight Foundation. She says that her work “acknowledges earthenware as a material steeped in folk traditions.  Simple motifs unfold to create layers of color, pattern, and image, resulting in rich decorative surfaces.”